It’s no secret that many people find themselves feeling rather stressed because of work or issues occurring in their personal lives. In fact, I challenge you to find someone who isn’t dealing with stress in their life for one reason or another. Stress is something that virtually all people will experience at some point in their lives. While many of us can deal with stress to a certain extent, for others, it can have a detrimental impact on their mental health and physical well-being.
So, with all that in mind, how can you make sure that you de-stress yourself enough to a point where you aren’t letting things get to you all the time? Take a look at these practical steps you can take today:
1. Reduce your workload
Holla! This I can get behind. The thing I’ve learned about work is that your colleagues tend to add more things to your to-do list without realizing how much work you’ve already got to do. If it’s at all possible, delegate some of your work to other people. Otherwise, look to ways of reorganizing your workload. Here are some examples:
- Create a to-do list, and order things by priority;
- Action smaller, more manageable tasks first. Doing so will give you a sense of achievement and motivate you to carry on with your other responsibilities; I call these my two-minute tasks. If I can do it in two minutes or less, get it out of the way.
- Try and automate some of your work, either in-house or by using virtual assistants.
Sometimes you need to have some perspective on your life. That means realigning your mind with the things that matter to you. And, not getting so stressed about the things that don’t matter so much.
One way to do that is by meditating. Did you know that meditation helps you to clear your mind, relax, and, most important of all, relieve your mind and body of stress? When you have a clear head, such as after a meditation session, you can then focus on what’s important to you in your life.
3. Take some herbal supplements
It’s no secret that lots of people take oral supplements each day to help them with things like vitamin deficiencies in their bodies.
These days, more people are trying radical herbal supplements like CBD oil. In case you didn’t know, CBD oil derives from cannabis plants but doesn’t include THC (the chemical that makes you “high”). You can typically find CBD for sale in local health stores or on the Internet, depending on where you live in the world. Many tiimes CBD is still legal even in places where THC is illegal so it may be worth checking into.
Of course, if that’s not your thing, there are more conventional herbal supplements, such as green teas or those infused with Valerian Root.
4. Steer clear of toxic people
Everyone has at least one person in their life that is somewhat toxic to their mental health. Toxic individuals are those that bring nothing but negativity in your life and try to take up as much of your time as possible. Their own lives are something of a car crash, and they often demand you help them sort their personal problems out.
Such people rarely offer anything positive to your life, and usually exhaust you physically and mentally. You may not realize it, but such individuals will raise your stress levels to breaking point. The simple solution is to disassociate yourself from such persons.
5. Stop trying to solve everyone’s problems
Are you one of those nice folks that will always try to help people out, even if it means making some sacrifices on your part? If the answer is yes, you probably need to stop doing that so much. Why? The answer is simple. When you devote your energy to fixing other people’s problems, you take the focus away from your own issues. And when that happens, you end up stressing yourself out unnecessarily.
There’s nothing wrong with giving people like family members and friends some helpful advice. But, you shouldn’t devote most of your time to bending over backward to help them.
6. Consider a new job opportunity
If you find that your job is the primary cause of all the stress in your life, it’s worth discussing the problem with your manager. However, should you find that doesn’t help you, perhaps it’s time to think about moving on and looking for a new job opportunity elsewhere. Even if you have a strong sense of loyalty toward your employer, you need to remember that their lack of empathy signals they don’t particularly feel as loyal to you and your wellbeing!
7. Consider moving to a new home
Lastly, if your neighbors or even other inhabitants of your home are stressing you out for whatever reason, it might be time to look for somewhere else to live. Or maybe it’s just the location and lack of opportunity. It can be a hard decision to make, but sometimes a fresh start is just what you need.
How do you deal with stress, from minor to major? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!